07 November 2019

Interior tub work.12-10-2019

Having been a few months since I did any work on the car, I managed to get to the Garage with dad this weekend to do some more interior tub preparation for when we install all the new heat matting/sound insulation to the interior of the car.

When the old interior carpets and matting were stripped out, the fibres from the old material remained glued to the tub so to make sure it doesn't affect the new install, we have started to remove the old stuff from the tub. I began by using a Dewalt drill with a wire brush tool fitted in order to scrub the easiest of the fibres off. 

The transmission tunnel had the same treatment, although I quickly found that a chisel used lightly on this part was very successful in removing the clumps of fibre material. 

Dad and myself both spent some time on this part, as well as dealing with the matting in the gearbox area where we glued this up so that the hole for the Gear stick wasn't impeded in any way. The weather wasn't great, so we covered the dash and the engine up for this process. 

Before too long goes by, I want to get the car back to my fibreglass specialist in order to get the doors and some body work and the bonnet dealt with so that it is effectively ready for prime and respray. Once these elements are done it's the rounding of a major corner in the rebuild as everything else should then be a basic fit-out job, with most of the parts needed already refurbed or needing to be purchased in a small number of cases. the major bits on the to do list are still as follows:

  • Re-chroming of the brightworks
  • new Exhausts and ceramic coating of Manifolds
  • new radiator
  • battery and connections
  • hoses and connections as well as fuel pump and pressure regulator to setup the fuel system
  • new dashboard switches 
  • new steering when and steering column refurb. 
  Hopefully have another update for you all in a couple of months. 

30 July 2019

Continuation of Bodywork prep. 2019

Hi All,

It has been a while since I've been able to post, so apologies to those who were awaiting another update!  (Pictures will follow as I'm posting opportunistically from another location).

So where were we? well, we had begun by removing all the red paint from the main tub, the doors and the bonnet and boot lid. this has continued and we have removed further paint from the rear quarter on the drivers side using the heat gun gently in all these areas, there was a lot of paint in some areas as opposed to others with bits of filler for where there has been historic damage or fills to any imperfections on the bodywork, again, this has been quite a slow process and we have been down at the garage for a few hours at a time sorting these issues out. I've had some issues getting down to do work on the car recently due to a large volume of commitments both in and outside of work and with funds being restricted to save for the respray which is the major element of what I have left to do here, I've been doing work or got assistance from Dad and friend Terry with other jobs that don't cost too much.

Following some additional paint stripping jobs, we have also been working underneath the car and have completed the rub down, de-grease and repairs to the underside, dad and Terry also totally sprayed the underside of the car with the Anti Stone chip and under-seal resins so that if I drive anywhere I wont get stones damaging the underside.

Following the resin coats, the heat resistant matting has been adhered to the front bulkhead in the engine bay area, the footwell areas within the engine bay and the transmission tunnel (pictures also to follow) these were adhered securely to the panels and have been finished off very nicely indeed, I have also received a delivery of additional powder coated parts that I sent away to be treated and coated so those will join the inventory of bits to be re-fitted to the car when i reach that point.

Dad has also been going through my wiring loom (rather him than me!) and has replaced and upgraded several reams of cable that were either damaged previously whilst in the car, or have been upgraded to cabling that is more 'man enough' for the job, as we found the speedometer cable had begun to melt, so best to go through and upgrade things, avoiding electrical fires and unreliability is key at this stage, Dad has also set about upgrading the types of connectors for joining the front lighting loom the main engine bay loom so that a good quality connection is in place and ensures reliability.

The car has been a rolling chassis now for a few years and we've noticed that some items that have rubber bushes have degraded whilst installed so some parts that haven't even seen the road are needed replacement which is a worry as I don't want to have to go back through renewing everything before we have even moved onto a road! I had intended to have gotten the car on the road by now, but as we all know, life gets in the way with unexpected situations.

Meanwhile in the last month or so, we've returned from a wonderful trip to Luxembourg, as usual impeccably well organised by Paul, Dan and the rest of the Luxembourg team, with additional input from the Swiss Marcos Club. We had a great time touring using dad's Yellow V6 Marcos which for the first time on a Luxembourg Rally, behaved itself and drove like a dream on the continent. I had also not driven on the continent before so I remedied this and started to get used to driving on the 'wrong side of the road!' we did have a solenoid issue the afternoon before we went so thankfully we fixed this before we set out and too far from our own supply of parts, again, there will be more pictures to follow of this great event and soon we hope to begin a blog on the LM500 rebuild, a project that we managed to procure in July 2014 and have so far re-registered, built up a new chassis, rebuilt fully the 5.0 Litre NCK upgraded Rover V8 engine and assembled all the parts required to bolt onto the chassis once treated and reunited with the bodywork the car should be fully rolling within a couple of months.

More from me soon.

30 March 2018

Paint Removal Job January 2018

Apologies for the delayed post again!
My latest update relates to the removal of the paint from the bonnet from earlier work we took on to sand off the first coats, most of the flatter areas were sanded in 2017 the more curved parts weren't particularly accessible to the larger sanders and the danger of 'flat-spotting' the various bulges and curves meant we needed to finish off with other means, one such method was Nitro Mors, the preferred option was heat gunning.

I was concerned that the Nitro Mors could react with the fibreglass so I chose to heat gun the paint off it was a very fast process and provided the gun isnt held too close to the structure the paint will be removed and no damage will occurr t the fibreglass structure.

The bonnet remaining paint took about an hour to remove I've included some still shots below of the various stages of the removal.

Heat Gun work on the bonnet Louvres

After removal of the paint from the louvres, worked down the channel on the bonnet Drivers side before tackling the central bonnet bulge Dad at this time completed work on one of the doors while I worked the remaining channel and the bulges.

The power bulge on the bonnet of this V6 was a challenge as it was important not to dig the scraper in too harshly, the paint only needed a light scrape off once the heat had blistered the paint enough to lift it.
It didn't take long to remove the paint completely, the passengers side paint was removed followed by the remainder of the the bulge and trailing edges of the bonnet.

Once the paint was removed, it was obvious where repairs had been actioned in the past, as well as those that need to be done after removal of the paint. The Bonnet will need to go away for a short time for further works and repairs. but that is another major part of car with paint removed now.

Hopefully, the next stage will be to take the body back off the car and clean, degrease and effect any repairs to the underside of the car that haven't already been done. Then the Anti Stone chip resin coats can be applied to the underside. More updates to follow.


23 December 2017

August Bank Holiday Weekend work & Sale of parts!

A great weekend's work was acheived in that we did useful amounts of work on the car bodywork. The sanding down of the doors and the Bonnet continued with more painstaking sanding of the edges and curves of the bonnet. The centre power bulge and the channels down either side were left well alone as weve been advised to use a heat gun gently on these areas to remove the paint as the sanders (a) won't fit in these small areas, (b) may affect the curved areas if the machines are used in a particular area too long.

All set up and ready to sand!

Some of the first layers of paint starting to come off to reveal the base coats

Closer detail of the base coat starting to come through
The red layers on the sides of the bonnet were largely gone by about an hour or two later, we used coarser grit discs to start with moving to finer grit once the base layer became visible, again keeping the sanders moving and not in the same place.

Further work on the centre section of the bonnet
Centre Section devoid of paint at the end of the session.
The centre section was gradually worked up to just short of the edge of the power bulge and then round the edges, the remaining red will be lightly heat gun stripped so not to cause flattening of the fibreglass. There was one side effect of all work and that was that everything was coated in a layer of red everywhere. Masks and goggles essential!! 

Big news flash was that I'd also had encouraging news in a phonecall to a gentleman who is an experienced restorer of Marcos’ and had seen my chassis for sale via the CMI classifieds section, so I began dialogue and huge interest was apparent, so I’m pleased to say that after a viewing hosted by my dad, I managed to sell the Chassis on following a huge amount restoration work that we had paid to have done and the re-painting actioned shortly afterwards, off it was packed into the van to its new home.

Also of interest, were the sale of the rear axle I had recently overhauled with Dad, together with some hubs and drums and a head light fitting we had going spare.
We also sold some triumph wishbone parts also so some extra space made in the garages and fortunately some more cash made in order to press on with the bodywork (I’m tentatively saying that I want to respray in 2018!!) Will that be a goal too far? It all depends on a number of conditions being met.
What is good is that the parts I sold will help breathe life into another Marcos currently off the road. 

12 December 2017

Engine Installation May Bank Holidays 2017

Following the extensive rebuild of the Second Essex V6 engine going into the Marcos initially it was time to install into the chassis which apart from giving the obvious signs of progress allowed us to make some room within the now cramped conditions inside the Garage, towards the end of the last post, I was bolting most of the front end of the engine back together including steel timing Gear and all the seals.

A new Manifold was sourced ready powdercoated in Chrome and was added to complete the setup during the installation it was discovered that the Carburettor purchased to go onto my rebuilt engine was not infact the DGAS Unit that was advertised, it was a DGMS requiring Manual Choke system. This unit has been put up for sale in order to acquire the proper item.

The engine is now back together and shortly after this photo was taken, the new clutch plate was put onto the engine and re-attached to the back of the engine with the Gearbox and then bolted into position. in order to align the parts, gaffer tape of all things was wound around a wratchet to the right circumference to create a means to align the clutch and flywheel.

The Picture below shows the gearbox and the Engine mostly together with a few more bolts to go in.

To keep the engine largely sealed from above from dust and debris the old 40 DFAV carb and filter were re-attached to the manifold.
at this stage the crane was brought in to lift the engine into position (I had a rather large headache from a birthday party the night before) so the next hour and a half of installation into the Engine bay were interesting with the air blue on one or two occasions when things didn't quite fit!

There was an issue during installation with the clearance of the front of the engine against the passenger side base rails of the chassis which was sorted with minor adjustments of the engine mounts themselves the engine was craned up and then back in once we had found suitable clearance within the bay.
Once the engine was back in the results were excellent and not only represented a huge step forward, but also begun to allow the ride height to be lowered due to having some weight on the chassis from that cast iron lump up front.

There's still some adjustment to do as is obvious with the image where the front wheels are out of alignment, the steering rack isn't in at this point until all body remedial work has been completed.

As you can see the ride height has already altered and the modifications to the rear arches now fully in fibreglass as per the rest of the car, are looking great all of the moulds for them are currently being stored within the bodyshell.
I will shortly add the next load of works as a seperate post, as this will be the sanding down and preparation of the remaining panels and the bonnet. 

30 April 2017

Working Update April 2017.

Hello! A huge apology first of all for not updating this page as much as I should be, my new years resolution is to do more to this blog this year as I push to get this car more or less complete. As the costs of respray are still being worked on, Im working around all sorts of other jobs with my dad so that once the respray is done therell be just the formality of fitting everything back in. 2016 was full of house decorating, aircraft events to raise funds for the Nimrod Preservation Group I'm part of and generally things being manic at work.

So, when I last posted, we still had the car at the fibreglassers, the engine and Gear box were all being overhauled and repainted with the relevant materials and parts were going off to be powdercoated.

Since the last post around July/August 2016 the main shell of the car was largely completed from the long fibreglass repair process (This had to be right so I wasnt that worried that it took so long to do) Andy @ Westgate Creations has properly sorted out the car and has even made improvements to the structure strengthening in places that are susceptible to stress cracking, this will mean replacing the body back onto the chassis will be a lot less stressful in many ways.
Car was collected in August 2016 and brought home, whereupon we set about carefully sanding off the old paint, this will mean that the body shop doesn't charge me masses for this long laborius job the less we leave for them to do im sure this will help the spray bill!!! I can recommend taking time on this, being as careful as possible and dont stay in one area for too long as you will flatten an area thankfully weve been careful and weve maintained the curves.

below are some pictures of the sand down work we have carried out on the bootlid and the doors, we still have the bonnet to do and some areas of the body tub (Although so much old paint has been taken off already from the tub during the repair process there really isnt that much paint left to take away). I'm not going with red on the respray (as I mention to everyone over and over again!) im looking for a lovely dark blue, there are plenty of old Red, Orange and Yellow Marcos out there already!

My Friend Bob's Wood chassis 1600 Marcos (Left)  Next to mine (Right) in the workshop before the fibreglassing on mine was done

another shot from inside.

view of my Cars Home coming on the trailer note the extensive wheel arch repair.

Front quarter view showing under front bonnet repairs to remove the stress cracking and flashing from old 70's 'Snowplough' spoilers

Another side shot showing exactly the same wheel arch repairs to the right side.

Rear view when the car was at the works showing the new arches in place.
As i mentioned before and to update this time round, the car had modified arches as it was the previous owners intention to run a wider axle, but this mod was never completed and as I wanted the nice 3.09 ratio axle and already had a wide one with the Marcos brackets already mounted I fixed that on once overhauled and then got the fibreglasser to modify the arches to how the car was set up this way the typical problem of the wheels being set too far forward or back in the arch was overcome. the original modification was bodged by someone else making the arch 100% out of filler!!! 6kg's of the stuff was cut out of the sides of the car (Each side) which removes a bit of nasty unnecessary extra weight, and also means that the cracks where the filler was starting to part company with the rest of tub were removed my fibreglasser then set to with creating and setting up new moulds as he had a number of wheelarch configurations that would suit. problem with a Marcos is the part between trailing edge of the drivers door and the rear arch is a different distance on each side (Shorter on the drivers side) so subtle changes had to be made to sculpt these in. (Im told the Body tubs were made in two halves and  each half was made by two people who werent speaking to each other at the time!!!! Helpful!! :/

So, now back home the car has been sanded down (Doors and bootlid) with the fun of the bonnet to come, so I think a trip to screwfix to acquire some tressle stands to evenly prop the body on them flat whilst sanding is coming up shortly. Ive put some pictures below of the door sanding process, it took a while to bed into the 47 year old paint and start to take it off you can really see that the car used to be yellow at one point or other!! Pictured next to dads Marcos. A word of warning to the uninitiated, please do cover up when doing this! Masks, goggles etc. as this stuff gets everywhere and the mixture of fibreglass and old paint dust is probably pretty nasty it gets everywhere too so my chassis is going to have to be air blasted clean with a compressor now.

The flat sections arent too bad as these will take less time but the curved bits a bit of a challenge!! not for the faint hearted but it saves the bodyshop time and effort and saves you money! There are still some repairs and strengthening work to be done on the doors, as the area the hinge and the check strap goes through needs some metal glassed into it to beef it up, thisll mean when the door continually is opened and closed over time that the cracking doesnt occurr from stress. I have to get a new aluminium or stainless steel thin plate made to the rear of the interior door panel for the handles to bolt to as the old one is not serviceable and I might as well do it now whilst in bits.

The bootlid is also now done, there is a low spot where there is yellow paint still left but im pretty sure we arent going to get this off in a hurry so will leave as it can be 2 Pack primed over and then covered.

Other work that has been acheived so far, are the engine jobs, now at the point of writing the last blog, the heads were about to go away, these came back having been machined and having new valve seats added for Unleaded fuels, the head blocks were then painted with a nice black satin enamel paint to go back onto the car. we then made sure all the other items such as crank and cam shafts were in good order, the push rods were all good and the timing wheel was changed. there were numerous bearings that we replaced and I also invested in a full set of Stainless steel rebuild bolts (Allen headed ones) got those from Retro bolts UK they are on Ebay and they are well worth buying as they look awesome! so we replaced all the original bolts with those. Also to note, we installed a Steel timing gear wheel, normally  Essex V6's are fitted with either a composite wheel with fibre teeth, or a totally fibre one the problem with these wheels (Which is fairly well documented)  is their tendancy to shred themselves to pieces when Oil temperatures are low and revs are high so under those wheels, its recommended that you dont push the engine until it and the oil have reached an acceptable temp. however, these new wheels also having a side effect of being slightly noisier when running, they are infinitely stronger and wont damage your engine from being shredded! The engine being used is the spare as my original needs so much machining its currently cost prohibitive and will seriously dent the budget. (I had a quote from Burton power of nearly £10,000 to do the whole thing!!!)

here are some visuals of the engine work taken over the last year with footnotes.

Steel timing wheel and now chrom powdercoated timing cover back seal plate
Proper Gear box gaitor in place instead of the cut off section of duckhams oil container that someone had placed there before!
A collection of all the shiny refurbished parts and the shiny bits I had acquired. I invested in two spare sets of Red rocker covers as our green ones from this engine were screwed! so we shotblast and powdercoated my original ones to chrome as well as the timing cover and the back plates and the other parts such as pulley wheels and the sump were black powdercoated. the results are gorgeous!! Thoroughly recommend my Heros Redditch shotblast for any powdercoating you want done, its absolutely first class and really tough wearing too.

The Chrome Powdercoating is not only beautiful to see, it is also not going to bankrupt you like chrome electroplating eventually will! There are parts yes, that I have to be sent away to be chromium plated such as the door frames as these are a shiny external piece that has to be bling! Its however far you want to take it, eventually I may chrome various bits bit by bit.

I bought a new inlet manifold as although we have 4 of them, they are all slightly different, and all come with their various idiosynchrases so I grabbed a bargain on ebay and the new shiny bit of awesome turned up shortly afterwards now installed on the engine in yet again, an earlier picture taken late last year.

Chrome Rockers placed on the engine before the Inlet manifold was purchased.

Stainless Steel bolts put in place to show detail Oil pump just coming into view at the bottom right of the picture.
Rockers, Inlet manifold, refurbished Distributor, pulleys, water pump all in place.
I have also started restoring old parts that I no longer require as these are useful for generating some much needed cash to buy the things I am missing from the car, for example, a rad, which I am getting quoted up for a brand new ally construction ally cored one, have initially tapped up Coolex Radiators for that so I shall see what happens other items include the red top Facet fuel pump, Walnut dashboard, steering wheel boss and wheel horn etc.

At the point of writing we have now put the engine back together fully and are about to do a flush out of both the water system and the oil sytem to ensure there is no swarf, dirt or otherwise within this engine. A picture of the virtually complete configuration will follow shortly. I have just returned from Stoneleigh classic and kit car show so have added a few more bits to my inventory, namely a new thermostat housing which is lovely and powdercoated silver just like the rest of the engine. I also bought the catches for the check straps for the doors and now need to source a nice checkstrap in the same colour leather as my interior. I will be following up this post very shortly with more pictures of further work as and when it is done.

I'll leave you this time with a picture or two of our latest gathering at Stoneleigh Classics show. See you all next time.